Boffins who innovate and bring technological change to industries, are, often, quick to claim kudos for reinventing the wheel, but a little modesty might not go astray. Technology makes things easier, in the main, which can extend the reach and capabilities with certain sectors. The role of technology in architectural design has begun to revolutionise what is possible through computational processes delivering materials and mechanisms never seen before. Digital tools and new techniques are allowing experimental approaches to flourish in the architecture industry like never before. Architects and draftspeople can, now, see in three-dimensional computer modelling what spaces and buildings will look like and how occupants will interact with their environments.
Technological Change in Architecture
Custom softwares, projectors and Kinects are creating design systems, which can respond and adapt to bioclimatic fluctuations. They reconfigure to the changing visual desires of the occupants. Digital geometry is creating new shapes of building blocks for amazing new constructions, with complexities unparalleled. Robotics are coming to the fore, with sensing and electronics linking computational design to computational manufacture. Technological change in architecture is, almost, out of this world. The basic rules are being challenged and replaced with innovation never seen before in design and construction. Vitruvius would be spinning in his grave.
Architectural Technologies are Engineering Our Future
Innovative approaches are truly transforming this ancient and tradition bound industry. Architectural technologies are engineering how we will live and work in a rapidly approaching future. New building materials are offering solutions for everything from dealing with waste to creating the urban structures for the next generation of human beings. 3D printers are building giant bridges in Europe and a museum in Dubai.
Building Are Being Built by Robots
Buildings are being built by robots, but, will only robots want to live there? There will be some sort of backlash, I am sure, there always is when things change so rapidly in the world. There is an incredible excitement within parts of the industry, and this will be, ultimately, unstoppable, I think. Many are reporting that the age of steel is over, and that carbon fibre is the next super construction material of the future, made now. The role of technology in architectural design is, currently, like a worm hole into a whole new galaxy of possibilities. Star Trek is just around the corner, in terms of space age designs and materials revolutionising what we call home.